Two former bank employees, Isha-Lee Savage and Savonnah Briggs, have admitted to their roles in a fraud conspiracy that resulted in the theft of banking information from unsuspecting individuals and businesses. United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha announced the guilty pleas today.

Savage, who was employed by Santander Bank, admitted to accessing customer information and sending screenshots of that information to co-conspirators. The information was then used to create fraudulent checks that were deposited into bank accounts controlled by other individuals who were solicited by the leader of the fraud conspiracy, Richard Koboi, on Facebook. Savage also used her position in the bank’s call center to ask customers to provide their debit card information, which she then provided to her co-conspirators for fraudulent purchases.

Similarly, Briggs, a former employee of Citizens Bank, admitted to accessing customer banking information and check images and providing them to Kobi, who then used the information to create fraudulent checks for deposit. After the checks were deposited, Koboi and others made rapid withdrawals of cash from ATMs or bank tellers.

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Providence woman pleads guilty to conspiring in $330,000 bank fraud scheme

A Providence woman who was previously employed by Citizens Bank admitted to a federal judge that she stole the banking information of unsuspecting individuals, businesses, and a law firm, and then provided that information to the leader of a bank fraud conspiracy, who used it to create fraudulent personal and business checks.

According to information presented in court, members of the conspiracy created and deposited approximately $330,000 worth of counterfeit checks. Savage and Briggs each pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. They are scheduled to be sentenced on May 2, 2023 and April 25, 2023, respectively.

Richard Kobi, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, ten counts of bank fraud, and being a felon in possession of a firearm on April 27, 2022, was sentenced to three years in federal prison in December 2022.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ly T. Chin and was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, with the assistance of the FBI, United States Secret Service, ATF, Rhode Island State Police, Providence Police Department, and Delaware State Police.

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